LJ XU-1 UNFINISHED RESTORATION FOR SALE.
1973 Brisbane built, April XU-1 is up for sale. Matching numbers car. It's the Tangerine XU-1 on the restorations page. Stack of new parts included. Remaining body and paint and assembly needed.
Contact myself for details or see listing on Ebay.
LJ XU-1 MUFFLERS ARE HERE
A batch of 20 LJ XU-1 mufflers are now here. They are $200 + post.
LC GTR MUFFERS COMING END MAY.
A batch of 15 LC GTR mufflers are delayed till end of May.
LC GTR Auto ckoke pipes. Includes connector to carby and rubber hose. Hand made and test fitted. Ready to fit. $150pr + post. See pics in engine bay parts.
If you don't have your own seatbelts to have restored, I currently have enough hardware to make up 1 set of Brisbane build seatbelts outright. They can be made up to suit all LC-LJ's.
EXHAUST SYSTEM CLEARANCE.
I'VE ENDED THE PRODUCTION OF ALL THE EXHAUST SYSTEMS. I'VE MADE APPROX 40-60 SYSTEMS OF THE DIFFERENT TYPES, AND I WILL NOT BE MAKING THEM AGAIN. I ONLY HAVE 7 LC GTR SYSTEMS LEFT, 3 X 73 BATHURST SYSTEMS AND 8 LJ XU-1/CK SYSTEMS LEFT. I DON'T HAVE MUFFLERS IN STOCK, BUT I WILL MAKE MORE OF THESE IN THE FUTURE. I MAY MAKE A BATCH OF EXHAUST SYSTEMS TO SUIT THE LC XU-1 OPEL GEARBOX, BUT ONLY IF I HAVE 10 INTERESTED CUSTOMERS.
THE NEW XU-1 RADIATORS ARE NOW FINISHED. THEY'RE MADE TO ORDER ONLY AS THEY'RE DATE CODED TO SUIT THE BUILD DATE OF YOUR PARTICULAR CAR. THEY TOOK A LONG TIME TO TOOL UP AND GET SORTED, BUT THESE NOW ONLY TAKE 3 WEEKS TO SUPPLY AFTER DEPOSIT IS RECEIVED. NOW TAKING DEPOSITS FOR THE NEXT BATCH IN JAN 2013. SEE PICS IN 'RESTORATIONS' PAGE. THANKS TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED WITH DATE CODING INFO.
WITH HELP FROM A NUMBER OF OTHER PEOPLE, WE HAVE RECENTLY CONFIRMED THAT THERE WERE 2 DIFFERENT RADIATOR SHROUD WARNING STICKERS USED OVER THE LC-LJ MODELS. FOR LC'S AND PRIOR TO SEPT 1972 IS THE 'GENERATOR' VERSION. AFTER APPROX SEPT 72, THEY STARTED FITTING THE 'BEWARE OF FAN' DECAL. DURING THIS OVERLAP PERIOD, BOTH WERE USED. BY THE LATE 72, THE LJ XU-1'S HAD THE BEWARE OF FAN DECAL. IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED ONE OF THESE ENGINE BAY DECAL KITS OVER THE YEARS, PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOUR CAR IS AN LC - SEPT 72 AND I'LL POST THE CORRECT 'GENERATOR' SHROUD WARNING DECAL TO YOU FREE OF CHARGE.
I now have an original 1973 Bathurst fan blade, so I can now modify standard LJ fans exactly. Customers need to send their own fan to be modified. They will be sent back just needing to be painted. Contact myself for details.
I HAVE JUST LOCATED A COMPLETE 8/1970 LC XU-1 EXHAUST SYSTEM TO SUIT THE OPEL BOX. IF YOU REQUIRE ONE OF THESE I'M HAPPY TO MAKE A BATCH IF I GET 10 PAID UP ORDERS. CONTACT MYSELF DIRECTLY.
EXHAUST SYSTEM INFORMATION.
I've heard some incorrect information circulating about the flanges on my LC GTR and LJ XU-1 exhaust systems. A number of people who do not have the indepth knowledge of manufacturing or exhaust systems are circulating a view that the pressed exhaust flanges that I use are incorrect and don't fit right. This is incorrect so, I'm adressing the issue with the correct information to set it straight. The company who has made these systems have been in business for almost 50years and have a massive amount of experience and expertise. When I first decided to make these exhaust systems, the company showed me a number of flaws in the design/production of the original GM product and flanges in particular, which had only become evident, resulting in common damage over 40+ years. The flanges were made of a material too thin (2mm), and many flanges (including most of our original samples) had bent or distorted with heat and age. We chose to use 3mm to overcome this. Another flaw in the original flanges was that the centre hole size, (48mm) allowed the flanges to sit between the base and the centre of the slope, under the casket collar. The original samples all showed crushing and damage here, as this is a weak spot. One original GM pipe that we had for a sample even had the whole collar sheared off in this spot. The strongest area of the gasket collar is the tip of the collar, where the pipe material is folded back on itself, just under where the gasket sits. I'll add pics below soon. To avoid the same damage and crushing in another 20 odd years etc, the manufacturer expanded the flange centre hole so that the flanges sit just under the tip of the collar. Some people have critisised these flanges because they don't sit in the original spot. Their view is misguided and incorrect as they don't understand why this was done. My exhaust pipes/flanges will not crush and distort like the originals in this area. It was only possible to make these changes and produce a better product for my customers, as we've had the last 40 years to see the resulting damage and to alter the flawed areas. The last item to address is that a few people have also incorrectly said that our flanges have the stud holes too far apart and you can't fit them over the studs. The studs in the cast iron headers are 72mm apart, centre to centre. Our flanges are 73mm centre to centre (give or take 1mm manufacturing tolerance) and fit perfect. THERE IS SOME LEEWAY WITH THE HOLE DIAMETER IN THE FLANGES. IF THE ORIGINAL STUDS IN YOUR CAST IRON HEADERS, OR IF YOU HAVE FITTED NEW STUDS INTO YOUR HEADERS AND THEY ARE WIDER THAN 74MM OR NARROWER THAN 71MM BETWEEN CENTRES, THEY WILL FOUL ON THE FLANGE STUD HOLES. IF THIS IS THE PROBLEM, DON'T BLAME MY COMPONENT. TAKE MEASUTREMENTS AND RECTIFY IT. CHECK THE PICS IN 'EXTERIOR PARTS' FOR PROOF THAT OUR FLANGES DO FIT OVER THE STUDS.
Hope this info is of help. Thanks
IMPORTANT PRODUCTION/DELIVERY INFO: All my parts are hand made and not in stock at all times. Please do not call at the last minute and complain if I don't have the parts you need. Boot spoilers, Vent pipes, Fuel lines, Swaybars and Boot mats etc take time to make. I understand people want the parts when they need them, but I will not rush production or listen to complaints if you have not planned your build time. If you need parts for an up-coming event, please order them early. Thanks
NEW ITEM: NEW LC-LJ XU-1, 14FPI RADIATORS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN ABOUT 2-3WEEKS (END OF AUGUST). TAKING DEPOSITS FOR THIS 1ST BATCH SO THE DATE CODE CAN BE STAMPED IN THE TOP TANK TO MATCH YOUR CAR'S BUILD DATE. THESE ARE COMPLETELY HAND MADE AND CUSTOM UNITS. WE'VE HAD CUSTOM CORES, TOP AND BOTTOM TANKS, SHROUDS, DRAIN PLUGS, RADIATOR SIDE AND BOTTOM BRACKETS MADE SPECIALLY SO THAT THESE LOOK EXACTLY THE SAME AS A GENUINE RADIATOR.
WANTED: SET OF GENUINE 73 BATHURST, 175CD'S CARBS. CONTACT MYSELF DIRECTLY.
IF YOU HAVE CRACKED ENGINE BLOCKS OR EVEN HOLES FROM CONRODS ETC, DON'T DISGARD THEM, THEY CAN BE REPAIRED WITH COMPLETE RELIABILITY TO KEEP YOUR CAR ORIGINALITY INTACT. CONTACT ME FOR DETAILS.
THE 4L AND 4R ROD CLIPS TO CONNECT THE LINKAGES TO THE CARBURETTORS ARE NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND. I NOW HAVE THESE BRAND NEW CLPS IN STOCK, INCLUDING THE 7L AND 7R CLIPS FOR THE ACCELERATOR PULL RODS.
ORIGINAL 'LUCAS' SEALED BEAM HEADLIGHTS. JUST RECEIVED LIMITED STOCK. $95pr. See exterior parts.
BEWARE OF OTHER BOOT SPOILERS BEING SOLD AS MINE. I'VE HAD 3 COMPLAINTS ABOUT 'VERY POORLY FITTING BLACK BOOT SPOILERS'. MY BOOT SPOILERS ARE NOT, AND NEVER HAVE BEEN BLACK. THEY ARE COMING FROM A NSW COMPANY, NOT ME. IF YOU'RE UNSURE ABOUT THE SUPPLY OF A PART, YOU CAN CALL ME DIRECT.
WANTED TO BUY BACK: I'M TRYING TO LOCATE MY OLD LJ XU-1 THAT I SOLD IN 1996/97. JP217048. IF YOU KNOW WHERE THIS VEHICLE IS OR OWN IT, PLEASE CONTACT MYSELF. THE GREEN ONE AT BOTTOM OF PAGE.
Available now is a plating service along with the seat belt re-webbing. The buckle bodies and clips chrome plated and satin plated tops to Concours standard. Change over service. PLEASE NOTE; WE CAN'T PERFORM MIRACLES, SO IF YOUR CAPS ARE DENTED AND OR RUSTY, YOU'LL GET SLIGHT IMPERFECTION IN THEM. THE DENTS ARE TAPPED OUT AND RUST PITTING IS REMOVED, AS MUCH AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. IF YOU SUPPLY DENT AND RUST FREE ONES, YOU'LL GET PERFECT ONES BACK. SEE PICS IN 'INTERIOR PARTS'
Vic. Brad Merrick. Head office Melbourne: (03) 9743 4351
**Mike also keeps a large stock of parts. No wait time for orders**
SA. Michael Dontas. Beverley: (08) 8347 3327
I NOW OFFER A RE-WEBBING SERVIVE FOR ANY OF THE LATE 60'S-EARLY 70'S HOLDENS. MY TRIMMER HAS STOCK OF ORIGINAL WEBBING. FROM TIME TO TIME, I HAVE FULL SETS TO SELL OUTRIGHT. SEE THE EXAMPLE SETS OF LC and LJ SEATBELTS IN 'INTERIOR PARTS'. 1 SET OF 5 LC BELTS IDENTICAL TO THIS SET SHOWN. ALSO 1 SET OF 5 '72' LJ BELTS READY TO GO AS WELL. $1300 SET OUTRIGHT OR I CAN RE-WEBB YOUR BELTS FOR $600.
I SOMETIMES HAVE BELT SETS FOR HG, HK, AND HT AS WELL. $1300 OUTRIGHT OR $600 TO RE-WEBB YOURS. HAVE ALL POPULAR COLOURS, REDS, BLUE'S, BROWN'S AND BLACK.
My interest with XU-1 Torana's began with a ride to basketball training when I was about 15-16 yrs of age. I got into this little thunderous sounding car, and after a few hard sideways take-offs, I was hooked. I soon found out it was an LC XU1 Torana.
By the time I was 18, I had a March 17th Green, LJ XU-1 Torana.
I began making my own XU-1 Torana parts out of need, as I just couldn't find them. I'd borrow an original XU-1 part, make a master copy and go from there.
By 1995 I had a range of approx 10 XU-1 Torana parts and sold them in the trading post and to friends. Now I have a list of approx 80 XU-1 Torana parts, and stock some items made by other companies.
I also rebuild, tune and restore carbies, service many XU-1's and perform pre-purchase authenticity checks. I can also restore consoles for the LC and LJ Torana's.
Hope my website is helpful.
Thanks, Brad Merrick.
March 17th, LJ XU-1, 1972
Harry Firth, V8, Dolly Yellow LC XU-1 Replica.
Zodiac Blue, LJ XU-1, 1972
There are many rebodied and fake XU-1 Torana's so before you outlay your hard earned big $$ have your prospective purchase checked out first.
Il'l be adding to this site with more pictures, XU-1 parts and information.
Thanks Brad Merrick - XU1 Torana Parts - Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide